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' broadest intellectual, and deepest ethical potential. having made that decision they came to the united states, home of liberal arts education, to talk with some of us most closely identified with that kind of education. they spoke with a passion, an urgency, an intellectual conviction that, for me, was a voice i had not heard in decades, a dream long forgotten. for, in truth, we had moved light years from the passions that animated them. but for me, unlike them, in my world, the slate was not clean, and what was written on it was not encouraging. in truth, liberal arts education no longer exists -- at least genuine liberal arts education -- in this country. we have professionalized liberal arts to the point where they no longer provide the breadth of application and the enhanced capacity for civic engagement that is their signature. over the past century the expert has dethroned the educated generalist to become the sole model of intellectual accomplishment. (applause) expertise has for sure had its moments. but the price of its dominance is enormous. subject matters are broken up into
that can, in the worst cases, lead to sudden cardiac death. more than 300,000 people in the united states die of cardiac arrest every year. most attacks are brought about by an abrupt change from rhythmic pumping of the heart muscle to spasmodic convulsions. scientists discovered that the unstable palpitations known as cardiac fibrillation are a form of chaos. like all chaotic occurrences, it isn't completely random. the heart can become arrhythmic because of stress, an injury, or some abnormality in the muscle
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